Gore Galore!

ACT I Make Up Workshop

Above: Charlote and Hannah with the ACT I students

Our thanks to Charlote Hemming and her assistant, Hannah Dawson who ran a Theatre Make Up Workshop ACT I. Charlote has been a Make Up Artist in this field for 3 years now and has worked on a variety of productions including ’Cats’ and ’The Merchant of Venice’ to name but two. After a brief introduction, the students were all issued with tissues, sponges, make up sticks and make up and under the careful supervision and guidance of Charlote and Hannah began to make each other and themselves up. The session covered burns, bruises, black eyes, cuts and the odd bullet wound. A very busy, interesting workshop that was enjoyed by all.


Winning Young Stars

Emma and Frasier

ACT II and Val

Above: Head Tutor and Director Valerie Harris with some of the cast. Top picture: Emma and Frasier with their awards.

ACT II came away from their last competitive One Act Play Festival with 3 more awards for ‘Maria Marten’. Another super performance from everyone and the awards were well deserved!! Liz Fraser gained another Certificate of Merit for her role in this play. Meanwhile Frasier Dalgliesh won the Best Supporting Youth Award and Emma Kinsey won the Best Youth Actress Award. WELL DONE to all of ACT II for all their hard work with this play which at every Drama Festival was highly praised by many people as well as the Adjudicators.

New Raising Star

Jamie & ValJamie & ACT I

The above photographs show Jamie being presented with his award by Head Tutor Valerie Harris and below with some of his fellow cast members.

At the Chelford One Act Play Festival we are delighted to say that ACT I student Jamie Bennett won the David Wood Trophy for Best Individual Junior Performance for his role as ‘Azaeus’ in ACT I’s production of  Pandemonium’. He has worked very hard and well done for all the support given by his fellow cast members.

ACT II received two nominations for Students, Liz Fraser and Sophie Parker.


2 Awards at G.M.D.F. Play Festival

Liz F & Val ACT II

Cast of Maria Marten ACT II

We are entering again 3 One Act Play Festival’s this year. This is the 1st time we have entered the G.M.D.F One Act Play Festival and we were pleased to be awarded 2 Certificates of Merit. One was gained by Liz Fraser for her role as ‘Dora’ and the other for the whole production of ‘Maria Marten’. WELL DONE to everyone.

A.C.T.S. on the Festival Trail


Above members of ACT I and ACT II in rehearsal.

The One Act Play Festival season starts in earnest this month for Altrincham Creative Theatre School.

ACT I, the junior section will be performing ‘Pandemonium’ by Jonny Arden which is being directed by John Banks. This comedic play is set in Hell and describes the mayhem that occurs when the demons get rid of the Devil!

Head Tutor Valerie Harris is directing ACT II, the youth section, who are tackling the melodrama ‘Maria Marten or Murder in the Red Barn’ by Constance Cox. In this piece villain William Coder seduces innocent Maria merely to have his way with her but when she presents him with a baby. Drastic and tragic measures have to be taken!

The school will be performing at 3 One Act Play Festivals starting at the Greater Manchester Drama Federation Festival at Cheadle which take place on Friday the 10th June. Then they move to the Chelford Festival, performing there on Friday the 17th & 18th June. Finally finishing at the Partington Players Festival in Glossop on the 8th July.

Last of The ‘Originals’


This month sees us saying ‘Goodbye’ but not ‘Adieu’ to our two last original members of A.C.T.S. Both Emma Jurkowski and Sam Shodkin-Hodge have been working with Head Tutor, Valerie Harris for the last 7 years and came with her when she started the Altrincham Creative Theatre School.  They have performed many different roles during this time and have enjoyed the challenges while making friends along the way. Past members of ACTS have stayed in touch and have formed themselves into an ACT III group of friends and we hope both Emma and Sam will be able to join them. It has been a pleasure having them in the group and we all wish them both Good Luck and best wishes for the future.

A Hat Trick of Plays

This year A.C.T.S. presented not two main productions but three! ACT I performed ‘The Day of The Demon Bowler’ and ACT II gave us the comedy ‘Sorry About The Floor’ and the drama ‘Too Long An Autumn’. Everyone worked very hard with their backstage crew to give the audiences a variety of entertainment. Well done to everyone!

2016 Main Productions

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This year we are presenting not not one but three plays! ACT I will be bringing to life ‘The Day of the Demon Bowler’ on the 8th and 9th March. The story concerns a choir that dies on a coach trip and has to play a cricket match to get into heaven. But to do that they have to face a demon bowler! Will they win the match or end up…elsewhere?
ACT II will also perform on the 10th and 11th March, and the evening will comprise of two one act plays. ‘Sorry about the Floor’ is a comedy of confusion and misunderstandings
that takes place at a small county hotel. While ‘Too Late an Autumn’ is set in a retirement home for ex-actors and tells the story of one of the residents who is persuaded to take to the stage again against the wishes her family.
All performances will take place at North Cestrian Grammar School.(address above).
For tickets (there are concessions and group rates) and more information ring 0161 928 2277 or emailing info@acts4u.org.uk

ACTS New Faces!

ACTS MaskWorkshop

We are delighted to have been able arrange another different type of workshop for our students. This involved the use of masks in theatre and was run for us by Sarat Broughton. We would like to thank her very much for a very interesting and informative morning.
Sarat has worked as a drama and LAMDA tutor for over 25 years. She has worked extensively as a theatre director with youth groups in Greater Manchester. She currently works as a LAMDA Examiner nationally and internationally and facilitates workshops in schools, colleges and for drama groups within Cheshire and Greater Manchester. Here she can be seen on the right of the picture with, on the left, Head Tutor Valerie Harris surrounded by members of ACT II.

The ‘Halloween’ Effect!

ACT I SpookyTheatre encompasses every form of entertainment and ACT I, the students in Altrincham Creative Theatre School’s junior section have been recently studying a particular type. Let’s give you a few clues, dark evenings, cold and wet weather, strange noises in the night? Yes you guessed it, thriller, ghost and horror plays. The students have been looking at productions such as ‘The Turn of the Screw’, ‘Wait until Dark’ and ‘The Witches’ by Ronald Dahl! It seems these pieces are having an effect on some of the students!!